The Holy City – Haridwar is situated in North Indian region of Uttarakhand. Haridwar is popular among Hindus as it is one of the seven holiest places of India. Pilgrims from across India come to Haridwar to get their souls purified by the holy river Ganga. This place has religious significance among Hindus.
The word ‘Haridwar’ means ‘Gateway to Lord Vishnu’ and you will see many religious practices happening in every street and corner. The most important event of Haridwar is Kumbh Mela, which will be held in 2022 in Haridwar. There are several temples in the area, some of which are Maya Devi temple, Chanda Devi temple, Bhimgoda Tank, Bharat Mata Mandir, etc. Many Hindu ceremonies and rituals are practiced here. You will find many ashrams in the city where you can learn yoga as well.
One should not miss the ‘Ganga Aarti’ which is a spectacular view to watch. The aarti(prayer) takes places every evening at Har Ki Paudi. In the holy city, non-vegetarian food is not allowed. You will also not find any liquor shops in this region as the city has deep religious beliefs.
Now, let’s look at the activities you can include in your itinerary.
1) Visit Markets – This city has a variety of handloom and souvenir shops. You can visit Moti Bazar or Bara Bazar. A walk in the market is the best way to enjoy street shopping. You will find many beautiful things at a cheap price.
2) Pray at Pilgrimages – This city shows every color of Hindu religion and spirituality. You will find many temples and mandirs in the city. People come here from across the globe to wash their sins and to seek blessings of the divine.
3) Enjoy the Indian Cuisines – Plan a day to try the best cuisines of Haridwar and tantalize your taste buds. Some popular eating joints of Haridwar are Mohan Puri wala, Bhagwati’s chole bhature, Sindh Bhandar, Chotiwala restaurant, etc.
To experience the pure and pious Hindu religion, Haridwar is the right choice. Tourists from different countries come to this city to know about the religion from ashrams and gurus. The place is truly fascinating and the blessed vibes give you a happy feeling.